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Police in London are using the Internet to help track down the killer of one of Britain's most popular TV presenters after she was found outside her Fulham home yesterday with a single gunshot wound to her head. Jill Dando -- the golden girl of broadcasting famous for her endearing personality and easy-going charm -- was adored by millions of Britons and news of her murder has stunned the country. The Metropolitan Police routinely posts details of crimes on its Web site --which receives 50,000 hits a month -- as part of its effort to catch criminals. The brutal murder of 37-year-old Jill Dando is no exception and police are already following up a lead that a smartly dressed man in his late 30s to 40s was seen hurrying away from the scene shortly after witnesses heard a scream. "Details of the incident went up (on the Web site)yesterday," said Emma Bott, a spokeswoman for the Met. "Any other information that we get will also be posted there as and when we get it." She also confirmed that an electronic photo-fit picture of the murder suspect will be posted, when it becomes available, on the Met's "Most Wanted" section of its Web site. Police are still trying to find out why someone would want to kill the "girl next door" TV personality. As the anchor woman on the popular crime fighting BBC TV programme Crimewatch, it's possible that she may have been the subject of a contract killing at the behest of some underworld gang. According to some reports, Miss Dando had already alerted the authorities about her security fears when she worked on the programme. Another line of enquiry focuses on the idea that she may have been the victim of a stalker. A report in today's Daily Mail says that there are a number of Web sites dedicated to Miss Dando, some of which vow "to satisfy the private fantasies of some of her male fans". ®

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